This week I have been having a play with a great new family history resource that has been developed by Steve Archer. The aim of his site is to build on the work of Hugh Wallis by providing a way to search the IGI using batch numbers.
Though the Archersoftware site doesn’t offer all the information that the wonderful IGI Batch Numbers websiteÂ created by Hugh Wallis in 2002 (and now hosted by Rootsweb) did, it does update and certainly augments much of that information.
These are the main differences from Hugh Wallis, as listed on Steve Archer’s own site:
- The inclusion of the British batches added since 2002, especially the “I” batches.
- The new site doesn’t list North American batch numbers.
- It contains a detailed analysis of “Mixed” batches – those containing data from more than one place.
- Places are assigned to historic counties as at the mid-19th century, e.g. entries for ‘London’ are assigned to the City of London, Middlesex, Surrey or Kent.
- Listings have been substantially cleaned, and incorporate many corrections to placename syntax.
- Listings include the number of entries (events) in each batch and the covering dates, both derived from the actual data.
- Some summary statistics are provided.
Steve Archer’s website lists theÂ Extracted batchesÂ for the British Isles that previously formed part of theÂ IGI(International Genealogical Index), the on-line database created by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) and available atÂ www.familysearch.org.
As many of us found, when trying to use the batch search facility on the Hugh Wallis website some time back in 2011, the links had been broken when the LDS changed their website. Thankfully the linkage to the new FamilySearch website did get restored in late October with the help of John Steel.
While Steve Archer’s FamilySearch: a Guide to the British batches website is still under construction it is well worth taking a look at it now: http://www.archersoftware.co.uk/igi/